Summer Deliciciosity: Fresh Fig Cake

Quick life update before I fill you in on what you really want to hear about (cake):

My good friend (and bf of my friend Ashley), Xaver, is in town from Germany (hi Xaver! ;Ashley, show this to him, pleeze.)

From left: Regina, Me, Ashley, Xaver

Aren’t they cuuuute? But anyways, this weekend was spent having fun and catching up (hence the lackage of new postage). But fear not, I still kept myself busy in the kitchen. So here is your cake:

One (of many) things I look forwards to every Summer are fresh figs.

juicy.

Early in my childhood, my mother planted a branch of my Uncle’s fig tree in our backyard. (That’s how you do the growing-fig-tree-thing) It flourished in the Virginia climate, and so every Summer around August we get buttloads very many figs. The season’s short, but the figs are plenty, and I like to take full advantage of the opportunity to eat fresh figs (they don’t keep well, so you don’t find them much outside of their dried form at the grocery store).

So, naturally, the best way to eat fresh figs is in a baked good.

but for real, fresh is probably equally as awesome

I got the idea for this recipe from here and edited it a bit to suit my desires.

Fresh Fig Cake 

     (alternatively, you could make “cakes” and bake the batter in muffin tins)
     Makes 1-13×9 cake or 24-“cakes”
Ingredients
– 3/4 cup your-choice sweetener (i.e., sugar, brown sugar. I used coconut palm sugar but it’s really-really good with molasses)
– 1 cup plain yogurt
– 1/4 cup canola oil
– 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
– 2 tsp vanilla
– 2 flax eggs (combine 2 tbsp flax w/6 tbsp water and beat w/fork until gelled)
– 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
– 1 1/2 cups multigrain hot cereal (or old fashioned oats)
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp ground sea salt
– 3 cups fresh figs, chopped (peel on)
– 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Directions
1. Heat oven to 350˚F and spray baking dish or muffin tins with cooking spray (or use liners for the tins).
2. In a large bowl combine the sugar, yogurt, oil, apple butter, vanilla, and flax eggs. Beat on low until blended.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, multigrain cereal (or oats), baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
4. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and beat on low  until well blended.
5. Fold in the chopped chopped figs and walnuts.
6. Spoon batter into your desired baking-container
7. Bake for 40-45 minutes in a 13×9 dish or 30 minutes in muffin tins.

mmm

ready-to-bake

Done!

After tasting this baby, I was slightly gulp disappointed. It tasted… healthy.The coconut palm sugar wasn’t quite as sweet as the cane sugar I used in the apple cake, and the recipe didn’t live up to my memory from last year of when I made it with molasses. So, I was left in a predicament: all this fig cake and no eating motivation. Enter solution: peanut butter. I spread a nice layer of peanut butter on the top of this baby, and wow! Delicious.

Super moist and super enticing.

If I had to do it over again, though, I would use molasses instead of the palm sugar… or add more palm sugar.

What was the last thing you baked?

What’s your go-to method for fixing a cooking/baking mess up?

Anything cool going on in your life?

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A Superrifically Special Delivery

I want to start by saying: today was the best Monday ever. I know, I know, the statement is a bit overzealous if not short sighted, but please allow me to make my case.

1. I wore a new shirt.

pardon my flash

2. I watched the latest episode of True Blood

I am beyond addicted to this show. Why is it so good?!?!? I think that my feelings for this show border on the infatuation stage of love. (But real, human love wins out in the end always, I promise, really.)

3. I got a yummy, healthy dinner for free.

Courtesy of mah mumma. --> Romaine, cucumber, tomato, mushroom with sautéed chicken and onions in a lemon, olive oil, salt & pepper dressing with leftover brown rice mixed in.

4. I got fresh figs from my parents’ tree

Oh my, what's that sitting behind my bag of free, fresh figs?

5. I got a totally free, extra-special package in the mail!

So remember the other day, way back when, when I told you about the Coconut Butter, Protein Powder, and Liquid Stevia I bought from IHerb.com? Well, last week I got a super-exciting email from IHerb’s social media handler! She told me that she found my blog and wanted to send me free stuff to thank me for blogging about iherb!

And guess what I found waiting at my door when I got home wearing my new shirt, high off of watching the newest true blood, stomach full of free yumminess, and fresh figs in hand:

Yep, that’s my awesomely free package from iherb.

The Goods:

Garlic Gold Parmesan Nuggets:

In the mood for bacon? Try... garlic?

haha but seriously, I’m thinking that these will go good on stovetop popcorn. I tasted a few nuggets out of the shaker and they were quite garlic-parmesany.
Stats:

Simply Organic Citrus a’peel:

Ingredients/Stats:

sorry for the hard-to-read-ness

I’m looking forward to trying this baby on some fish.

Coconut Palm Sugar:

whaaat?

Never heard of this stuff until today, but a quick search tells me that it’s “subtly sweet like brown sugar but with a slight hint of caramel.” (Source) As far as health benefits go, it’s low on the glycemic index and high in mineral content. Read up more on the health benefits here.
Side by side with brown sugar:

I’m thinking that I will bake a fresh fig cake/cakes based on my fresh apple cake recipe using this sweetener.

Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix:

Nutritional Information:

Ingredients:

I’ll probably try and turn this into some sort of tomatoey or curry-ey (or both) stew.

I am so so so excited to try out my new products! And, as I mentioned before, you can get $5 off your first purchase at iherb.com if you use this link. Or just go to the site on your own (iherb.com) and enter my coupon code (EGA134). They give you free shipping for orders over $40! (And they’re quite reasonably priced if I do say so myself)

I will leave you with three photos:

These fun gems were excerpted from two videos that I found on my iphone. See, I found the iherb package at my door and didn’t feel like running inside for my camera, so I snapped a photo with my iphone. When I loaded my iphone’s data onto my iPhoto, I found two videos taken of me while at work. The blue-shirt day I half knew about –> the last photo is me turning my head to see one of the children I work with playing with my iphone. I had no idea about the pink shirt day. Wonder why I look perpetually annoyed at work? haha

Have any suggestions for what I should make with the goods?

What was the coolest thing you got in the mail recently?